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Handheld History

A handheld game console is a small, portable self-contained video game console with a built-in screen, game controls, and speakers. Handheld game consoles are smaller than home video game consoles and contain the console, screen, speakers, and controls in one unit, allowing people to carry them and play them at any time or place.

In 1976, Mattel introduced the first handheld electronic game with the release of Auto Race. Later, several companies—including Coleco and Milton Bradley—made their own single-game, lightweight table-top or handheld electronic game devices. The oldest true handheld game console with interchangeable cartridges is the Milton Bradley Microvision in 1979.

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Handheld History
by Bandai
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Keys: Button 1: Left CTRL Key Button 2: Left ALT Key Button 3: Spacebar The Tamagotchi (たまごっち) [tamaɡotꜜtɕi] is a handheld digital pet, created in Japan by Akihiro Yokoi (ja) of WiZ and Aki Maita of Bandai. It was released by Bandai on November 23, 1996 in Japan and May 1997 in the rest of the world, quickly becoming one of the biggest toy fads of the 1990s and early 2000s. As of 2010, over 76 million Tamagotchis have been sold world-wide. Most Tamagotchi are housed in a small...
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Handheld History
by Tiger Electronics
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Keys: Power on: 1 Movement: Arrow Keys Action: Left CTRL Key
Handheld History
by Coleco
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Keys: Movement: Arrow Keys Jump: Left CTRL Key
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Handheld History
by Tiger Electronics (licensed from Midway)
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Power On: 1 Select: 5 Movement: Arrow Keys Punch High: Left CTRL Key Punch Low: Left ALT Key Kick High: Spacebar Kick Low: Left SHIFT Key
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Handheld History
by Coleco
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Keys: Player One: Arrow Keys Player Two: R, F, D, G. Manual: [archiveorg manuals-handheld-games-Coleco-PacMan width=100% height=480 frameborder=0 webkitallowfullscreen=true mozallowfullscreen=true]
Handheld History
by Texas Instruments
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eye 6,489
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This Speak and Spell can be controlled using a mouse or from the keyboard. From Wikipedia: The Speak & Spell line was a series of electronic hand-held child computers by Texas Instruments that consisted of a TMC0280 linear predictive coding speech synthesizer, a keyboard, and a receptor slot to receive one of a collection of ROM game library modules (collectively covered under patent US 3934233). The first Speak & Spell was introduced at the summer Consumer Electronics Show in June...
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Handheld History
by Tiger Electronics (licensed from Technos/Tradewest)
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Power On: 1 Status: 5 Jump: Up Sway: Down Move Left and Right: Arrow Keys Punch/Pick: Left CTRL Key Kick: Left ALT Key
Handheld History
by Tiger Electronics
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Rap music has never been the same since M.C. Hammer blazed onto the scene with the kind of moves no one has ever seen before! But now there's a chance for a new star to be born. Will it be you? But to be the ultimate rap star, you have to pay your dues! Can you learn from practice? Can you challenge Hammer and keep up? Can you use your own creativity to create new moves? Lace up your shoes, listen to the beat, and get ready to move your feet! Keys: Power On/Start: 1 Change Mode: 5 Leg Leaps...
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Handheld History
by Konami
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eye 4,750
favorite 2
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Keys: Power On/Start: 1 Select: 5 Arrow Keys: Movement Action Button: Left CTRL Key
Handheld History
by Milton Bradley
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Simon is an electronic game of memory skill invented by Ralph H. Baer and Howard J. Morrison, with software programming by Lenny Cope. The device creates a series of tones and lights and requires a user to repeat the sequence. If the user succeeds, the series becomes progressively longer and more complex. Once the user fails, the game is over. The original version was manufactured and distributed by Milton Bradley and later by Hasbro after it took over Milton Bradley. Much of the assembly...
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Handheld History
by Tiger Electronics (licensed from Sega)
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Keys: Move: Arrow Keys Power On/Start: 1 Kick/Attack: LEFT CONTROL KEY Punch Left: LEFT ALT/OPTION KEY Punch Right: SPACE
Handheld History
by Tronica
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favorite 1
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Keys: Up/Down: Arrow Keys Numbers: Number Key Action Button: Left CTRL Key C: Delete ALM: X ACL: C Mode: Z Operations: / * + -
Handheld History
by Parker Brothers
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eye 3,136
favorite 8
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Using this Emulation: The emulator is enabled for mouse control and can be clicked on. Merlin (sometimes known as Merlin, the Electronic Wizard) was a handheld electronic game first made by Parker Brothers in 1978. The game was invented by former NASA employee Bob Doyle, his wife Holly, and brother-in-law Wendl Thomis. Merlin is notable as one of the earliest and most popular handheld games, selling over 5 million units during its initial run, as well as one of the most long-lived, remaining...
Handheld History
by Tiger Electronics
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Instructions for Usage: Power On/Start: 1 Movement: Arrow Keys Attack Left: CTRL Attack Right: ALT/Option Magic: Spacebar
Handheld History
by Tomy
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Keys: Movement: Arrow Keys Manual: [archiveorg manuals-handheld-games-Tomy-PacMan width=100% height=480 frameborder=0 webkitallowfullscreen=true mozallowfullscreen=true]
Handheld History
by Tiger Electronics
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eye 2,741
favorite 1
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Keys: Power On: 1 Max Score: 5 Movement (Up, Down, Right): Arrow Keys Pick: Left CTRL Key Attack: Left ALT/Option Key
Handheld History
by Coleco
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favorite 3
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Game Keys: Player 1: LEFT and RIGHT arrows to move, LEFT CONTROL to fire. Player 2: D and G to move left and right, A to fire. Manual: [archiveorg manuals-handheld-games-Coleco-Galaxian width=100% height=480 frameborder=0 webkitallowfullscreen=true mozallowfullscreen=true]
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Handheld History
by Tomy
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eye 2,626
favorite 2
comment 1
Keys: Movement: Arrow Keys Action Button: Left CTRL Key
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Handheld History
by Tiger Electronics (Licensed from Technos)
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favorite 0
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Keys: Start: 1 Select: 5 Jump: Up Arrow Down/Pick: Down Arrow Left and Right: Left/Right Arrow Keys Kick Left: Left CTRL Key Kick Right: Left ALT/OPTION Key Special Technique: SPACE Punch: Left SHIFT Key
Handheld History
by Tiger Electronics
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GoldenEye 007 is a single-player handheld electronic LCD video game that was developed and released by Tiger Electronics circa 1995-98 to coincide with the 1995 James Bond film of the same name. Two different GoldenEye-themed games were released by Tiger: a sideways-moving game in a conventional handset form factor and a 'grip games' vertical shooter featuring hardware resembling a pistol grip. Both game variants are based on the 1995 James Bond film GoldenEye and loosely follow its plot. Due...
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by Coleco
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Keys: Player 1 Movement: Arrow Keys Player 2 Movement: R, F, D, G Manual: [archiveorg manuals-handheld-games-Coleco-MsPacman width=100% height=480 frameborder=0 webkitallowfullscreen=true mozallowfullscreen=true]
Handheld History
by Coleco
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Keys: Start: 1 Movement: Arrow Keys Manual: [archiveorg manuals-handheld-games-Coleco-Frogger width=100% height=480 frameborder=0 webkitallowfullscreen=true mozallowfullscreen=true]
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Handheld History
by Epoch
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eye 2,246
favorite 2
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Keys: Start: 1 Select: 5 Movement: Arrow Keys Missile: Left CTRL Key Bomb: Left ALT Key
Handheld History
by Konami
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eye 2,181
favorite 0
comment 1
Keys: Power On/Start: 1 Movement: Arrow Keys Action Button: Left Control
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Handheld History
by Gakken
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Keys: Select: 5 Movement: Arrow Keys Pump Button: Left Control Key
Handheld History
by Tiger Electronics (licensed from Tengen)
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Keys: Power On: 1 Select: 5 Movement: Arrow Keys Pick: Left CTRL Key Attack: Left ALT/OPTION Key Bomb: Spacebar Key: Left SHIFT Key
Handheld History
by Coleco
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favorite 2
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Keys: Display: 1 Select: 5 Movement: Arrow Keys Kick/Pass: Left CTRL Key Manual: [archiveorg manuals-handheld-games-Coleco-ElectronicQuarterback width=100% height=480 frameborder=0 webkitallowfullscreen=true mozallowfullscreen=true]
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Handheld History
by Bandai
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favorite 0
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Keys: Player 1 Select: 5 Move the Ship with Arrow Keys Fire Button: Left CTRL Key
Handheld History
by Bandai
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Keys: CTRL Key: Start/Pepper ALT/Option Key: Select/Attack
Handheld History
by Tiger Electronics
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Keys: Power On: 1 Repair: Up Brake: Down Left and Right: Arrow Keys Left/Right Accelerate: Left CTRL Key Rescue: Left ALT Key
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Handheld History
by Tiger Electronics (licensed from Rare/Tradewest)
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eye 1,307
favorite 0
comment 0
Keys: Power On: 1 Score: 5 Movement: Arrow Keys Attack Left: Left CTRL Key Attack Right: Left ALT/OPTION Key Select: Spacebar
Handheld History
by Tiger Electronics
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eye 1,247
favorite 0
comment 0
Keys: Power On / Start: 1 Movement: Arrow keys Shoot/Block: Left CTRL Key Tune/Steal: Left ALT Key
Handheld History
by Tomy
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This is Tomy's version of Donkey Kong. Work your way up to the big bad monster and release the lovely princess! Beware of the Babykings. This game was also released in a flat handheld version by TANDY. The ob|ect of the game is to move the Boy (using the control buttons and the JUMP button) to rescue the Girl, while evading the Mother King and the Baby King through four game patterns.  Use the arrow keys for UP, DOWN, LEFT and RIGHT. Use the LEFT CONTROL KEY for the action button. GAME MANUAL:...
Topics: Donkey Kong Clone, Tomy Electronics, LCD game, Tandy Game
Handheld History
by Tiger Electronics
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eye 1,217
favorite 0
comment 0
Keys: Power On/Start: 1 Movement: Arrow Keys Thruster Left: Left CTRL Key Thruster Right: Right CTRL Key Parachute: SPACE Capture: Left SHIFT Key
Handheld History
by Tiger Electronics
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favorite 0
comment 0
Keys: Power On: 1 Jump/Fly: Up Down/Pick: Down Rescue: Left Move Right: Right Shoot Up: Left CTRL Key Shoot Left: Left ALT Key Shoot Right: Spacebar
Handheld History
by Tiger Electronics
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Power On: 1 Jump/Fly: Up Down/Pick: Down Rescue: Left Move Right: Right Shoot Up: Left CTRL Key Shoot Left: Left ALT/OPTION Key Shoot Right: Spacebar
Handheld History
by Parker Brothers
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eye 1,092
favorite 0
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Keys: Movement: Arrow Keys Manual: [archiveorg manuals-handheld-games-ParkerBros-QBert width=100% height=480 frameborder=0 webkitallowfullscreen=true mozallowfullscreen=true]
Handheld History
by Konami
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eye 1,075
favorite 1
comment 0
Keys: Power On/Start: 1 Move: Left/Right Arrow Keys Action: Left Control
Handheld History
by Bandai
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favorite 0
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Keys: Movement: Arrow Keys Action: Left CTRL Key
Handheld History
by Bandai
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favorite 0
comment 0
Keys: Movement: Arrow Keys Action: Left CTRL Key
Handheld History
by Tiger Electronics
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favorite 1
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Keys: Start: 1 Select: 5 Movement: Arrow Keys Button 1: Left CTRL Key Button 2: Left ALT Key Button 3: Space Button 4: Left SHIFT Key
Handheld History
by Tiger Electronics
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Keys: Power On/Start: 1 Movement: Arrow Keys Fire: Left CTRL Key
Handheld History
by Tiger Electronics
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Keys: Power On/Start: 1 Movement: Arrow Keys Action Button: Left CTRL
Handheld History
by Bandai
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Keys: Start: 1 Movement: Arrow Keys Action: Left CTRL Key
Handheld History
by Tiger Electronics
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comment 0
Keys: Power On: 1 Movement: Arrow Keys Attack Left: Left CTRL Key Attack Right Left ALT/OPTION Key Pick/Call: Spacebar
Handheld History
by Bandai
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Keys: Player 1 Movement: Arrow Keys Player 1 Action: Left CTRL Key Player 2 Movement: R, F, D, G Player 2 Action: A Pair Match is a tabletop electronic matching game for one or two players originally produced and marketed in 1984 by Bandai for the Japanese market. The game played like an audio version of Concentration – you need to match pairs of sound effects hidden behind squares on the display. The game was used as a display piece in the Ten Forward lounge aboard the USS Enterprise-D (much...
Handheld History
by Tiger Electronics (licensed from Data East)
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Keys: Power On: 1 Max Score: 5 Movement: Arrow Keys Fire-Ball: Left CTRL Key Boomerang: Left ALT Key Shield: Spacebar
Handheld History
by Entex
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Keys: Skill Control: 1 Demo Light Test: 5 P1 Movement: Arrow Keys P2 Movement: R/D/F/G
Handheld History
by Konami
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Keys: Power On: 1 Select: 5 Up and Down: Arrow Keys P1 Button 1: Left CTRL Key
Handheld History
by Coleco
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Alien Attack is a 1979 handheld video game made by Coleco using a VFD display. It came in a bright orange futuristic-styled case and controls were a joystick, fire button, and move button. The controls were unusual in that the player's ship could fire in any direction by moving the joystick with the fire button pressed. Movement only occurred when the move button was pressed. Firing while moving was not possible. There was a grid of barriers representing a city that the player could use for...
Handheld History
by Gakken
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Keys: Movement: Arrow Keys Dig: Left CTRL Key Bury: Left ALT/OPTION Key
Handheld History
by Bandai
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Keys: Movement: Arrow Keys Fire: Left CTRL Key
Handheld History
by Tiger Electronics
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Keys: Power On/Start: 1 Movement: Arrow Keys Grappling Gun: Left CTRL Key Batarang: Left ALT/Option Key Help: Spacebar Thruster: Left SHIFT Key
Handheld History
by Konami
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Keys: Power On: 1 Level Select: 5 Movement: Arrow Keys Action Button: Left CTRL Button
Handheld History
by Tiger Electronics
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Keys: Power On: 1 Sword Up: Up Sword Down/Dodge: Down Move Left and Right: Left and Right Arrow Keys Swing Left: Left CTRL Key Swing Right: Left ALT/OPTION Key Attack/Pick: Space 
Handheld History
by Bandai
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eye 634
favorite 1
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Pack-Mon (Also known as Pacri Monster) is a Pac-Man clone created by Bandai in 1981. Instructions/Keys: Start: 1 Arrow keys to Move Manual: [archiveorg manuals-handheld-games-Bandai-PackriMonster width=100% height=480 frameborder=0 webkitallowfullscreen=true mozallowfullscreen=true]
Handheld History
by Tandy Radio Shack
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eye 626
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Keys: Movement: Arrow Keys Pass: Left CTRL Key Kick: Left ALT/OPTION Key Status: 1 Score: 2
Handheld History
by Bandai
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Handheld History
by Konami
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eye 604
favorite 0
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Keys: Power On: 1 Move Up and Down: Arrow Keys Action Button: Left CTRL Key
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Handheld History
by Tiger Electronics
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Keys: Power On/Start: 1 Movement: Arrow Keys Punch/Fire: Left CTRL Key Throw: Left ALT Key
Handheld History
by Bandai
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Keys: Left/Right: Arrow Key Left and Right Action Button: Left CTRL Key
Handheld History
by Fonas
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favorite 1
comment 0
A simple game with controls dependent on player: P1 (always batter) has: Pitch, swing, steal, show score, reset game. P2 (always pitcher) has: Left or right curve, slow, fast and pick off. Game can be played in the following modes: P1 vs. computer, Player. Keys: P1 Swing: Left CTRL Key P1 Pitch: Left ALT/Option Key P1 Steal: Spacebar P1 Score: Left SHIFT Key P1 Reset: Z P2 Curve Right: A P2 Slow: S P2 Pick Off: Q P2 Fast: W P2 Curve Left: n/a
Handheld History
by Konami
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Keys: Power On: 1 Movement: Arrow Keys Action Button: Left CTRL Key
Handheld History
by Tiger Electronics
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Keys: Power On: 1 Movement: Arrow Keys Kick: Left CTRL Key Punch: Left ALT Key Pick/Call: Spacebar Fire: Left SHIFT Key
Handheld History
by Tiger Electronics
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Power On: 1 Max Score: 5 Up/Left/Right: Arrow Keys Fire: Left CTRL Key Gun Left: Left ALT/OPTION Key Gun Right: Spacebar
Handheld History
by Konami
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Keys: Power On: 1 Movement: Arrow Keys Button 1: Left CTRL Key Button 2: Left ALT Key
Handheld History
by Bandai (Mattel license)
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Keys: Score: 5  Movement: Arrow Keys Fire: Left CTRL Key Land: Left ALT/OPTION Key
Handheld History
by Tiger Electronics
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Keys: Start: 1 Select: 5 Up/Down: Up and Down Arrow Brake: Left Arrow Crash: Right Arrow Accelerate: Left CTRL Key Pick: Left ALT Key
Handheld History
by Vtech
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Keys: Power On: F1 Power Off: F2 Numbers: Number Pad Arithmetic: +, -, /, - Left,. Right: Arrow Keys Choose Divide: F Choose Multiple: D Choose Minus: S Choose Add: A Quiz E Count: Q Game: W Equals: Return/Enter Calculate/Clear: R
Handheld History
by Bambino
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eye 475
favorite 0
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Keys: Start: 1 Player 1: Ducking: , (Comma) Player 1 Back: I Player 1 Normal: K Player 1 Punch Low: M Player 1 Punch Medium: J Player 1 Punch High: U Player 2 Ducking: Z Player 2 Back: Q Player 2 Normal: A Player 2 Punch Low: X Player 2 Punch Medium: S Player 2 Punch High: W
Handheld History
by Konami
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Keys: Power On: 1 Pause: 5 Movement: Arrow Keys Action Button: Left CTRL Key
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by Mattel
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Keys: Player 1 Numbers: Number Pad Player 1 Clear: Z or DELETE Player 1 Enter: C or Enter (on Number Pad) Score: R Inning: T Player 2 Number Pad 7 8 9: H J K Player 2 Number Pad 4 5 6: Y U I Player 2 Number Pad 1 2 3: 6 7 8 Player 2 Enter: Comma Player 2 Clear: N
Handheld History
by Parker Brothers
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Keys: Numbers: NUMPAD New Game: N or ENTER Score: S Computer Turn: C Same Game: G
Handheld History
by Bambino
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Keys: Start: 1 Display: 5 Shoot: Up Move Left or Right: Arrow Keys Dribble Low: Left CTRL Key Dribble Medium: Left ALT/OPTION Key Dribble High: Spacebar